Food for thought

It was a double shock.

The ad campaign by the federal government for this year’s Australia Day in many papers depicted three white Australians clutching packaged meat to their hearts under a slogan ‘BBQ like you’ve never BBQ’d before’ is crass and offensive to vegetarians and people of other ethnic origin who are Australian. To think that this is the most inspirational message central government could come up with beggars belief.

This ad campaign supports the practice of eating meat, which is energy intensive, fuels greenhouse gas emissions, causes massive environmental degradation, is ethically questionable and involves animal suffering.

It is offensive to show only white people, knowing that Aboriginals consider this day ‘survival day’ or ‘invasion day’.

Then to read the article in last week’s paper (Echo, Jan 28) about the arrest of Benny Zable, who peacefully protested these matters at a Council-run event on Council-run premises, is utterly un-democratic and despicable.

A centrally-funded campaign to support the transition from a national meat-based diet to a vegetarian one is required. And, of course, Council must intervene to see that the charges against Benny Zable are dropped.

Angela Nauck

Goonellabah


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